Right now, so many of us around the world are stuck at home, eager for a way to fill the time. For the next two weeks, Google is going to do its part to help cure your boredom. Google will showcase a popular game from a past Doodle every day.
Are you bored?
Over the years, Google has featured an impressive number of games and minigames on its homepage. All of them has been carefully preserved and archived on the Google Doodle Blog. Google is launching a new series of ten Doodles, each one a callback to one of the company’s popular games. Starting April 27 and running for two weeks!
As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people and families everywhere are spending more time at home. In light of this, we’re launching a throwback Doodle series looking back at some of our popular interactive Google Doodle games!
Google’s most popular Doodle games
April 27: The first day’s featured popular Google Doodle game, “Coding for Carrots”, dates back to 2017, and originally celebrated the 50th anniversary of Logo, the first-ever programming language designed for use by children. In the game, you’ll create simple combinations of commands that will tell your rabbit how to collect the carrots on each level. If you or your children are particularly interested in today’s throwback Doodle here is an advice. Consider introducing them to Scratch, a kid-oriented programming language that the game is loosely based on.
April 28: For day two, we’re going to be treated to a Doodle that celebrated the ICC Championships Trophy 2017. Let’s play cricket as a cricket. Speaking from a few minutes of experience, this game is ridiculously fun. I can see why it’s one of Google’s most popular, despite never being shown in the US. The experience is reminiscent of home run derby mode in Wii Sports.
As for why Google is staggering the games out over the two week period, you may remember that some of the best and most popular Doodles in the last few years have actually had multiplayer support. For example, the Google Doodle in celebration of the Mexican bingo-like game Lotería allowed you to compete either with just your friends or with random players online. By staggering them out, Google can ensure each day’s focused game has a variety of players.
Stay Home. Save Lives
Combined with the recent decisions to make Stadia free for two months and feature Stadia on the Google.com homepage, it’s clear that Google believes that promoting gaming is one of the most effective ways to encourage people to “Stay Home. Save Lives.”
What next game is on the line, we don’t know, but there’s a whole archive of interactive “Doodles” here, so take a look!